Rodrigo Cabeza de Vaca, a Master Restaurateur

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Chef Rodrigo

CABEZA DE VACA A Master Restaurateur

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Letter From The Editor

Dear Readers, It shouldn’t be hard to say you’ll fall in love with the Southern Baja. From the exhilarating great outdoors and sun-soaked beaches to the pulsing nightlife and world-class cuisine, the Southern Baja has everything an aspiring world trekker needs to have an amazing trip. From the mountains of the Sierra Laguna to the searing beaches of the Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur has it all. And of course, there’s no better place to learn about it than here. This issue of Destino includes an interview with renowned Chef Rodrigo Cabeza de Vaca, personal excerpts from people like you who’ve found a home in Baja, and of course helpful tips to make your stay a memorable one. If you want to know what all the fuss is about, and what makes Baja California Sur one of Mexico’s premier destinations… well, look no further. We enjoy hearing from you about why you love coming to Baja so much! Subscribe to our newsletter at www.destinoloscabos.com and email us at dana@destinoloscabos.com to tell us your Baja Sur stories. Cheers,

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DESTINATIONS

Each town or city in Baja California Sur is different and unique. Road trips in Baja are part of the culture and are very easy to do for someone that is just visiting. Below is a brief description of some of the main areas and destinations to visit, but there is much more to see!

Cabo San Lucas

The Baja Peninsula includes two different states: Baja California Norte and Baja California Sur. The Los Cabos municipality is in Baja California Sur and it encompasses the

Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez as “the aquarium of the world.” It is said that eons ago, back when the Earth and Continents were still taking their shape, the edge of Mexico split from the mainland to form the Gulf of California and the Baja Peninsula. This allowed the Pacific Ocean to rush into the gap and create the Sea of Cortez, or as some call it, Mother Nature’s own fish trap. Hundreds of varieties of fish and mammals found their way into this “trap” and either stayed in the warm shallow waters or ventured down into the cool two mile-deep San Andreas Fault. For millenniums, the Colorado River has been dragging its rich minerals and nutrients into the Sea of Cortez, aiding the living species to thrive in these waters. In Southern Baja, however, it’s not just about the ocean. In this naturally magical place the mountains meet the desert and the desert meets the ocean. The Sierra de la Laguna is a mountain range that lies at the southern end of the peninsula, where at above 800 meters in elevation dry forests transition to pine-oak forests and you can find wild mushrooms, wild horses and even deer.

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southernmost tip of the peninsula, from Todos Santos, Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, to the East Cape area. La Paz is the State Capital. If you take a look at the “The Tip of Southern Baja” map on page 24 you can see that the highways and towns form a loop, which makes for an ideal road trip. The Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet at the very tip of the peninsula. On the Pacific side the waves are much larger and more powerful than on the Sea of Cortez, the beaches and the sand are different and it’s usually a few degrees cooler, which is very pleasant during the warm summer months. Los Cabos means “the capes” in Spanish.

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This tourist friendly town, also just known as “Cabo,” is located on the tip of the Baja California peninsula and is full of entertainment for every age and liking. The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet at Land’s End, where you can observe the beautiful rock formations and the famous Cabo Arch. In Cabo San Lucas you can find Medano Beach (the liveliest beach in the Los Cabos area), an impressive marina and countless restaurants and bars that keep the town alive day and night.

San José del Cabo

Walking around downtown San José will allow you to experience a traditional Mexican town. You will find yourself surrounded by colorful buildings and quaint cobblestone streets that lead to the town’s picturesque zócalo (main plaza). Over the years, San José has become an artistic and cultural centre with numerous fine art galleries in its downtown art district as well as world-class restaurants. San José has a beautiful estuary where you can take a horseback ride to explore this natural peserve that is home to many different bird species.

The Corridor

The corridor is the 40 km highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (about a 20 minute drive). Along this highway you can find various hotels, luxury ocean front homes, and championship golf courses. Have your camera ready and make a roadside stop at the Costa Azul view-point for photo opportunities and a refreshing coco frío (cold coconut).

Todos Santos

Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula, Todos Santos is an oasis where artists and surfers flock to enjoy the culture and excellent surf. Home to the famous Hotel California, this charming town offers great restaurants

and a cooler climate than Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo due to the breezes coming from the Pacific.

East Cape

People often call it “the old Cabo” because of its pristine beaches and small fishing towns such as Buena Vista and Los Barriles. The East Cape begins just east of San José and extends about 100 miles up the Sea of Cortez coast. Sixty miles outside of San José is the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, a Nationally Protected coral reef that offers outstanding snorkeling and scuba diving. Very popular for fishing and surfing, the East Cape also attracts kite surfers, campers and those who just want to get away from it all.

La Paz

La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur and is known for its warm people and beautiful beaches. This authentic Mexican city (as well as the general south Baja region) has been rated as one of the safest in Mexico and still maintains the small town feel that is very welcoming for tourists. La Paz is a departure point for tours and charters to the stunning Espiritu Santo Island as well as whale watching excursions. Stroll down the colorful malecón (boardwalk), walk hundreds of feet in waist-highwater at Balandra beach or have a fine dining experience; La Paz has a lot to offer.

Loreto

Loreto offers the ideal setting for those who long to escape to an “authentic” Mexico. Rich in history, Loreto is known for its historic missions, such as the enchanting Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto, the first Califonia mission that was built in 1697. The spectacular national marine preserve of the Bay of Loreto includes five breathtaking islands and marine life is greatly abundant. For those who are partial to adventures on land, there is plenty of hiking and biking, making Loreto the ultimate eco-tourism destination.


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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

CURRENCY

Dollars are accepted almost everywhere and you will get your change back in pesos. The exchange rate varies every day, but some places have a set rate posted. You can exchange dollars for pesos at the airport, but also a very easy way to get pesos is to simply withdraw money from an ATM. Bank ATMs give the daily exchange rate (best possible rate). Examples include Banorte, Bancomer, Santander, Banamex, Banregio and HSBC. Non-bank ATMs located in the streets or the marina will charge higher fees. Some ATMs only give you dollars, some only pesos and some give you the option to withdraw both. Pay close attention to what currency you’re withdrawing and try to get as much cash as possible in one transaction to avoid paying high fees.

CASH OR CARD?

Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are generally accepted, but you often run into cash only establishments. Always ask beforehand and carry cash just in case. Keep in mind your bank will most likely charge you international transaction fees if you pay with your card.

HOW DO I DIAL?

Local area codes: Los Cabos: (624), Todos Santos and La Paz: (612) - Loreto: (613) To dial to other countries: 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + number From a Mexican land line or cell phone: To a Mexican long distance number: 01 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a Mexican cell phone number: 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number From your U.S. cell phone: To a Mexican land line or cell phone: 011 52 + 3 digit area code + number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + number Some U.S. cell phone carriers have arrangements with Mexican carriers and when you travel here your cell phone uses their towers. If this is your case, you will have to dial as if you had a Mexican phone. U.S. TOLL FREE NUMBERS (International rates will apply): To a 1 (800): 00 + 1 + 880 + phone number To a 1 (888): 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number To a 1 (877): 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number To a 1 (866): 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number To a 1 (855): 00 + 1 + 884 + phone number

DRIVING

Renting a car will allow you to enjoy the freedom of exploring Los Cabos. Driving in Mexico might be intimidating, but if you just go with the muddled flow, you will realize that there is some organization within the chaos. If you are pulled over by local police for committing a driving infraction, the standard procedure is for them to take your Driver’s License. You will then have to go to the Police Station to pay your ticket and pick-up your license. In Mexico the gas station attendants pump the gas for you, so you don’t have to get out of the vehicle. There are two types of gasoline: Magna, which is regular, and Premium. Lleno (pronounced ye-no) means full. Major credit cards are accepted. Tipping the gas station attendant around $10.00 pesos is customary. There is a toll road that takes you from the airport to Cabo San Lucas or to the Todos Santos highway; by taking this road you avoid the taxi and shuttle traffic on the main highway. COMMON TRAFFIC SIGNS:

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Emergencies: 911 from a local number Roadside Assistance: 074 from a local number Police Department: - Cabo San Lucas 143-3977 - San José del Cabo 142-0361 Fire Department: - Cabo San Lucas 143-3577 - San José del Cabo 142-2466 Highway Patrol: 146-0573 Tourist Police: 143-3977 HOSPITALS: Hospiten: - Cabo San Lucas 145-6000 - San José del Cabo 105-8550 Baja Medical Response: 144-3434 Blue Medical Net: - Cabo San Lucas Hospital 104 3911 - San José del Cabo Clinic 142-3511 Cabo Surgical Center: 172-6030 Hospital H+ Los Cabos: 104-9300 North American Hospitals and Clinics: 142-2770 One World Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 - Todos Santos (612) 145-0600 Saint Luke's Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 Walk-in Medi Clinic: 130-7011 * For a complete directory of Doctors, hospitals and clinics in Los Cabos, visit: www.loscabosdoctor.com

Air Ambulances: SkyMed International Air Ambulance: (624) 154-4919 Air One Ambulance: (800) 236-8080 U.S. Consulate: 143-3566 Canadian Consulate: 142-4333 Taxi Cabo San Lucas: 143-2221 Taxi San José de Cabo: 142-0401 Immigration: 143-0135 Airlines: Aero Calafia: 130-7822 Aeromexico: 146-5097 Air Canada: 01 (800) 719-2827 (Toll free within Mexico) Alaska Airlines: 146-5166 American Airlines: 146-5302/5303 Continental Airlines: 146-5050 Delta Airlines: 146-5005/146-5217 Interjet: 01 (800)-011-2345 (Toll free within Mexico) Southwest: 01 (800) 435-9792 Spirit Airlines: 1 (800) 772-7117 Sun Wing: 1 (800) 668-4224 Volaris: 01 (800) 7VOLARIS (Toll free within Mexico) US Airways: 146-5380 West Jet: 1 (800) 538-5696

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BOATING & FISHING

With calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather, some may argue that boating is the most popular attraction in Los Cabos. Whether you want to take a cruise to Santa Maria Bay on a luxury yacht or wake up at the crack of dawn for a fishing adventure, there are endless options to fit your needs. FISHING There’s a reason why the world’s richest fishing tournament - the Bisbee’s Black & Blue - has taken place in Los Cabos for over thirty years. This part of the world offers abundant sea life and an exceptionally high catch success rate, no matter what your level of fishing experience is. What to Expect - Most charters include a fishing license, bait, tackle and equipment. Some also include food and drink or these amenities can be added at an additional cost. Cost will depend on the number of people in your party and the size of the boat you choose to rent. It is customary to leave the crew a gratuity of 15% to 20%. Bait and Tackle Most likely, the boat you charter will include your bait and tackle. If you need your own fresh bait, you may buy it along the Cabo San Lucas Marina or the crew you hire may also stop to buy it from the local fishermen on your way out. BOAT RENTALS Private Charters There are many charter companies that can accommodate your needs. What you do on your trip is really up to you, but it will typically consist of a tour of the landmark arch, a few hours of fishing, and a cruise to one of our beautiful bays for a swim. Most boats have fishing equipment and a knowledgeable crew, but the biggest difference between a yacht, sailboat and a fishing boat rental is the cost. Fishing Boat Rentals You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers, pangas and super-pangas are a more affordable option. Cruisers accommodate larger groups and are more comfortable when the sea is rough on a windy day. THE MARINAS Marina Cabo San Lucas The area’s largest commercial marina features 380 slips and accommodates vessels of up to 375 feet. Amenities include 24-hour security, electricity and 8


potable water, a fuel dock, and convenient laundry and shower facilities. Puerto Los Cabos Located in La Playa just north of San José del Cabo is the newest marina in the area with 200 available slips for boats up to 400 feet. Amenities are similar to Marina Cabo San Lucas, though the boatyard’s 150-ton travel lift can accommodate larger vessels.

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SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS

There are several sites worldwide where large numbers of whale sharks congregate, and the bay of La Paz –located only 1.5 hours from Cabo San Lucas– just happens to be one of them. The whale shark is the largest fish on the planet, measuring from 18 to 40 feet, so as you can imagine the experience of snorkeling with these gentle creatures is one-of-akind. Whale shark season in Southern Baja is from October through April. Only go with a professional tour company who is aware of safety and responsible ecoturism guidelines.

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SPORT FISHING FLAGS COMMONLY SEEN IN LOS CABOS

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During the winter, Mexico is not only a great place for people to escape the cold weather, but it is also excellent for whale watching. Every year, the intrepid gray whale migrates south to the Baja waters to mate and give birth. Blue and humpback whales also visit us making Baja California Sur one of the best world destinations to see whales. The whale watching season is considered to begin in December and ends in April (although it is not uncommon to see some early arrivals or some stragglers), with February being the peak month for sighting whales.

KITESURFING

This sport is most popular in the East Cape due to the El Norte winds. Playa Norte (the north-east side of the beach) in Los Barriles is known to be the most popular destination. La

Ventana is also a popular spot and is closer to La Paz. There is less wind in Los Barriles than in La Ventana, but the surf is bigger. Both locations have kite surfing schools and equipment rentals. The best months are October, November, December, January, February and March.

SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO ART WALK

The San José del Cabo Art District offers a variety of worldclass galleries which are open year round; however, from the months of November through June the San José del Cabo Art Walk takes place every Thursday evening from 5 to 9 pm. Walking the enchanting streets and plaza of downtown San José is an ideal way to experience the local culture while viewing art from local and international artists.

FARMERS MARKETS

Farmers markets have become very popular in the past few years in Los Cabos and there are now many options to choose from. Some of these markets include: SANJOMO (San José Organic Maket), The Shoppes at Palmilla Farmer’s Market, The Cabo San Lucas Organic Farmer’s Market in Pedregal, El Huerto Farm to Table, Xplora and The Farmers Market at Metate. Schedules and seasons of each market vary so visit their websites or Facebook pages beforehand.

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GOLFING

Cabo Real The newly renovated Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course is one of the Corridor’s first championship courses and boasts beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez, elevation changes, and has hosted two PGA Senior Slams. www.questrogolf.com

Cabo Del Sol Ocean Course - A Jack Nicklaus signature course with six ocean front holes (1.5 miles). Known for its “3 finest finishing holes in golf” the Ocean Course is said to be one of the most difficult yet beautiful courses in the area. 7,075 yards, par 72. Desert Course – Designed by Tom Weiskopf, this course winds through the desert above the Ocean Course and challenges the golfer with risk vs reward type decision-making. www.cabodelsol.com

Cabo San Lucas Country Club This course was designed by Roy Dye and is conveniently located outside of Cabo San Lucas and is the only one with views of Land’s End. It has more than 80 bunkers and slightly inclined fairways and one of the longest holes in all of Mexico at 610 yards. www.cabocountry.com

From Tiger Woods to Nicklaus and Fazio, many of the big names in golf have designed courses on this unique landscape. Many courses offer a reduced rate later in the day during twilight hours. Appropriate golf attire is required on all courses and club rentals are available.

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Campestre, the newest Jack Nicklaus Design in Los Cabos. Almost every green has 2 or 3 different tiers, so spend some time on the practice green before your round. 18 holes, Par 71, 6,966 yards. www.questrogolf.com TPC Danzante Bay Golf Course ​North of Cabo is Baja’s newest gem and it might just outshine the rest. Just opened in 2016, Rees Jones, the architect and designer of Danzante Bay explains the elevated, island-like 17th hole par 3 “I have no doubt that number 17 will be one of the best holes in the world”. The course winds you through stunning vistas of the Sea of Cortez, as well as the beautiful mountain range of the Sierra’s. A stunner to say the least and a must-do for the avid golfer. www.danzantebaygolfcourse.com Diamante – El Cardonal & Dunes Course A stunning masterpiece with rolling fairways and challenging greens, El Cardonal can test any golfer. Bring your short game as the golfer can experience undulated greens and encourages risk versus reward decision-making on each hole. Diamante is also home to Davis Love III’s spectacular “Dunes Course,” currently ranking #38 in the top 100 courses in the world according to golf.com. With links-style attributes, this challenging design reminds the golfer he’s only competing against himself. The course was designed with the wind in mind and rewards you when going with the wind and challenges you when going against it. www.diamantecabosanlucas.com Palmilla Golf Club With 27 holes of golf, each 9 hole course offers something different. The Ocean, Mountain, and Arroyo courses all boast Jack Nicklaus Design and a fun and challenging layout with canyons and elevation changes. www.palmillagc.com

Puerto Los Cabos This 18-hole composite course made up of nine Greg Norman designed and nine Jack Nicklaus designed holes is a favorite among locals and frequent visitors. With both challenging and forgiving holes, the average golfer can get around the course comfortably and enjoy the numerous oceanfront holes and elevated vistas. Not to mention, comfort stations with food and booze every 4-5 holes make the experience fun for all levels of players and all types of groups. www.questrogolf.com Quivira Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula and sure to test any level of player, Quivira boasts dramatic cliff-side landscapes and multiple oceanfront golf holes. It’s not uncommon to be playing while whales breach in the Pacific Ocean or fish jump out of the water. The on-course experience is unique in its multiple comfort stations where players can enjoy tacos, quesadillas, sliders, and of course, a few adult beverages. www.quiviragolfclub.com Rancho San Lucas A beachfront course designed by world-renowned professional golfer, Greg Norman. Highlighted by its island green, the first of its kind in Cabo, the Norman Design challenges the average golfer to elevation changes, undulating greens, and decision making, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The multi-themed, ‘least-disturbance’ layout spans three different ecosystems. 7,210-yard, par-72 www.ranchosanlucas.com/golf Vidanta Golf Los Cabos This 9 hole course is a friendly course but make sure you hit ‘em straight because throughout the course you are surrounded by homes and condos in beautiful San José. A fun course for any level of golfer. www.vidantagolf.com

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WATER ACTIVITIES in medano beach

Go to Medano Beach for a day full of fun water activities. There are numerous options along the beach, such as jet skis, banana boat cruises, aquatic bikes, SUP rentals, and more! Or try a parasailing trip and gain some altitude to enjoy beautiful views of Cabo while tethered firmly to a speedboat!

Water Parks

Adventure Parks

Wild Canyon Adventures has a water park section which you can access with your park day pass, a perfect way to spend a full day of fun family activities. Wild Wet Fun Water Park, located about 30 minutes from San José del Cabo, has shallow pools and small slides for young children, and for adrenaline seekers they have several fast and large slides standing tall and mighty that offer a great view of the beautiful surrounding mountains. To get there take HWY 1 north from the San José International Airport towards La Paz and East Cape. After about 15 miles, take the exit for Caudaño at KM 66. Follow this road for a few minutes and you will find the park on your right.

Horseback Rides, Nature Walks, and Bird Watching

KITESURFING

Experience zip-lining, back-country UTV and ATV tours, a camel safari, and more. Zip-lines are appropriate for kids 8 years and up and be prepared to hike from 5 to 15 minutes from line to line. Most companies include transportation.

Los Cabos (particularly San José del Cabo) offers a number of horseback excursions for all ages. Saddle-up for a sunset guided beach ride, venture up a hidden canyon trail, or just sit back in the shade while experienced horse trainers give the kids lessons in horsemanship – there’s something for everyone! San José also boasts a natural estuary and nature preserve where you can enjoy a peaceful, self-guided nature walk to observe some of the lushest landscape in the area. Species of flora and fauna are abundant, dozens of species of cacti and birds can be spotted on this solitary walk, just a few minutes from downtown.

OFF-ROADING

There are several local companies which offer ATVs, buggies, and other off-road vehicles for trail and beach cruising. Strap on some goggles and hop behind the wheel of one of these off-road racers for an afternoon of fast-paced fun! Tours are typically three hours, and drivers must be 16 years of age with a valid Driver’s License. If pedalpowered rides are more your speed, look into renting a mountain bike and taking a riding excursion, or maybe just a beach cruiser and joining a guided bicycle tour of town. 12

This sport is most popular in the East Cape due to the El Norte winds. Playa Norte (the north-east side of the beach) in Los Barriles is known to be the most popular destination. La Ventana is also a popular spot and is closer to La Paz. There is less wind in Los Barriles than in La Ventana, but the surf is bigger. Both locations have kite surfing schools and equipment rentals. The best months are October, November, December, January, February and March.


SNORKELING

Prepare yourself for an incredible show of nature as you swim side by side colorful schools of fish, eels, rays, octopi, sea turtles and more. The Sea of Cortez or the “Aquarium of the World” offers many opportunities to experience incredible underwater wildlife. Cabo offers several methods for snorkeling. You may drive to a local beach and swim out, book a tour with one of the many popular companies, or charter a private boat. Tours are typically two or three hours and they often include a tour of Land’s End, lunch, and time for snorkeling in one of the bays. Stay away from the Pacific side of the peninsula; its strong currents make it very dangerous for any kind of water sports. POPULAR SNORKELING SPOTS: Pelican Rock A quick five-minute ride from the Cabo San Lucas marina or Medano Beach is all it takes to get to this fish-attracting rock. Lover’s Beach

EXPLORING THE SIERRA DE LA LAGUNA

The Baja Peninsula has a series of mountain ranges that are all part of the Pacific Crest, which includes U.S. National Parks such as Denali and Yosemite. The Sierra La Laguna is the southern most range of the Crest system. This mountain range and natural reserve has seven great canyons with miles of undeveloped land and trails with streams and waterfalls running throughout, offering you a change of scenery from the beach to the mountains. The Sierra de la Laguna can be approached either from the East Cape (Sea of Cortez side) or from the west near Todos Santos (Pacific Ocean side). In the east side there are a few access points into the sierra from some of the beautiful canyons such as Cañón de San Dionísio from Santiago, Cañón San Bernardo from Miraflores, and Cañón San Pablo from Caduaño. There are several companies that run day tours to the Sol de Mayo waterfall in Cañon de la Zorra and the hot springs in Santa Rita, both near Santiago, and both with fairly easy 15 minute hikes or less. Be sure to bring cash, pack a lunch, and take plenty of water.

This popular and uniquely-named beach is accessible only by boat. Be on the look-out, however, as the water is not roped off for swimmers. Santa Maria Bay Snorkel tours regularly visit Santa Maria Bay. If you choose to drive there, it’s an easy swim from the shore to the reef on the right side of the cove. Chileno Bay Snorkelers will find a safe, roped-off area for swimming at this common tour destination. Palmilla Beach This beautiful beach has a very friendly reef that is just off the shore, making it an effortless snorkeling experience. Cabo Pulmo A Natural Marine Reserve in the East Cape, and may offer the best snorkeling in the area. This eight-fingered coral reef is about a 1.5-hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it is well worth it!

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Southern Baja has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s. The East Cape is popular for kite surfing and the Pacific coast has several surf breaks where you will find less crowds. See our “The Tip of Baja California Sur” map on page 24 to locate the surf spots mentioned below.

SEASONS

JUNE through NOVEMBER: The summer months are known to be the best as the Southern Hemisphere’s swells send great waves to the Pacific, Cabo San Lucas, San José and the East Cape. DECEMBER through FEBRUARY: East Cape and Costa Azul are on the flatter side. The Pacific can be good this time of year because it’s exposed to the west swell. MARCH through MAY: This is the windy season. Swells are consistent and you’ll run into fewer crowds.

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SAN PEDRITO Level: Advanced. Direction: Right, left. Location: Pacific side right before arriving to Todos Santos. CERRITOS Level: Beginners. Direction: Right, left. Location: Pacific side at Km 65 of the Cabo San Lucas-Todos Santos road. MONUMENTS Level: Advanced. Direction: Left. Location: at Km 6.5 of the Corridor, closer to Cabo San Lucas. EL TULE Level: Advanced. Direction: Right, left. Location: Exit at Km 16.2 at El Tule bridge COSTA AZUL consists of three breaks: The Rock or La Roca Level: Advanced. Direction: Right. Zippers Level: All levels. Direction: Right. Acapulquito Level: All levels. Direction: Right. Location: at Km 28.5. Access is below the Costa Azul bridge. LA BOCANA AT THE ESTUARY Level: All levels. Direction: Right, left. Location: East side of the San José del Cabo’s main beach. SHIPWRECKS Level: Advanced. Direction: Right. Location: East Cape, about 25 Km from San José del Cabo. NINE PALMS Level: All levels. Direction: Long rights. Location: East Cape, about 30 Km from San José del Cabo.

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"It's Summertime, Summertime, Sum-, Sum-, Summertime!" Locals and frequent visitors agree that May and June are the perfect months to fuse the coolish April and the sweltering July. The two months offer an extraordinary array of sportfishing opportunities, ranging from a beginner strolling on a sandy beach with a fishing rod in hand with hopes of seeing a feeding fish while soaking up the sun and feeling the cooling ocean breezes. At the other end of the spectrum, miles offshore, is the hardcore, seasoned veteran angler on a tricked-out sport fisher manned by a crackerjack crew and Captain searching for billfish larger than their passengers. On both the Pacific and Sea of Cortez sides of the Peninsula, there are deserted beaches that are very fishable. However, a word of caution, while the Sea of Cortez side is limited to small waves, the Pacific side has real surf that commands respect. A recent tournament on a beach on the Pacific side attracted 245 anglers and their families. It targeted sierra mackerel, considered one of the

prime ingredients for a popular Mexican dish, ceviche. There is a coast road stretching north from Cabo San Lucas past San Jose to the East Cape town of Los Barriles, where many accessible beaches can be found. Your efforts can be rewarded with some spectacular fishing for jack crevalle, roosterfish, or even a dorado if you happen to be in the right place at the right time. For the big gamers, the array of offshore species is impressive. The colorful black and blue marlin mingle with the striped marlin that have made headlines since January. Add to the excitement the sailfish that have earned their name from the distinctive massive dorsal fin and the elusive, much sought-after swordfish. This is the season for these strong, giant fighters. Farther offshore, the yellowfin tuna ranging from football-sized to massive (often referred to as cows) can be found swimming with huge porpoise schools. Watch for the flocks of seabirds following the schools, looking for a free meal of injured baitfish left in their wake. Another thing to watch for is anything floating!

Dorado, wahoo, and tuna can often be found in the same area, attracted by the baitfish underneath the floating objects using them as cover. Up the coast at Muertos Bay, anglers can often find the catch of a lifetime only a few miles offshore. Most fishing in this area is from open fiberglass boats powered by outboard motors that have been a mainstay for decades. Billfish, dorado, wahoo, roosterfish, jacks, grouper, cabrilla, and many other species offer the opportunity for a catch memorialized by photos to cherish for a lifetime. Marina Puerto Escondido, the newest marina in the Sea of Cortez, will be hosting its third billfish, dorado, and yellowtail tournament. The season's FIRST tournament in the Sea of Cortez will be held May 13-15, 2022. There were 43 teams registered at press time. Regardless of your destination in Baja Sur, the sportfishing opportunities are extraordinary at Loreto, Magdalena Bay, La Paz, and Los Cabos as summer begins. Tight Lines!

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“T he Great Lemon” A Pearl For A Queen!

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n 1983, Queen Elizabeth II cruised past Isla Espiritu Santo on her royal yacht the Britannia, intent on visiting the city of La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur. This would be the queen’s second visit to Mexico, but her first to the peninsula’s shimmering shores. It was no accident that she would come to visit these waters, for there was a special bond that unites La Paz with the royal crown.

by Joaquín Renero

The Sea of Cortez was once the epicentre of the Mexican Pacific pearl trade, but over-exploitation almost drove this natural jewel to extinction. In 1939, the Mexican Government established laws forbidding their extraction, and since then Isla Espíritu Santo has once again become a tranquil picture of Baja’s beauty.

for the British crown. He could not convince Mr. Ruffo Santa Cruz to sell the pearl to him at the time, but eventually the owner decided to bequeath the pearl to King Edward VII as a gift, a fate which eventually led it to become part of Queen Elizabeth’s Crown, forming a special bond between her majesty and the city of La Paz. That is why back in 1983, the governor of Baja California Sur, Alberto Andrés Alvarado Arámburo and his wife welcomed Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to their great city. More than forty thousand people gathered in the streets to celebrate as the royal couple visited Our Lady of Peace Cathedral, better known as la Catedral de La Paz, followed by an elaborate banquet at the governor’s mansion.

Sitting just off the shoreline amidst the crystalline waves near La Paz, Isla Espíritu Santo is today known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an island destination renowned by tourists looking to see Baja’s untapped beauty and famous natural wonders. But much earlier, before the queen or the tourists had ever set foot near her shores, the area was known for its rich natural oyster beds near the southwestern part of the island. It was there, hidden beneath the waves and rocky shoreline, that millions of pearls were carefully cultivated and harvested by local artisans, the first sustainable pearl emporium in the world.

However, a hundred years before the Queen's visit, and a few years before the hammer of the law came down, divers Juan Vacaseque Calderon and Antonio Cervera had discovered an incredible prize. A huge, shimmering, and uniquely special pearl that quickly became famous for its lustre.

Known as the “queen of gemstones”, the pearls of Isla Espíritu Santo helped ensure that La Paz would be renowned for its crystalline beauties for years to come. The creation of a pearl is the result of one of nature’s most wonderful biological processes, a combination of survival and beauty that makes them so uniquely special in nature. Pearls are formed when the oyster protects its shell with layers of nacre, or mother of pearl. This process smooths the sharp edges of any foreign irritant in the oyster shell, encasing it in a lustrous sheen and ultimately forming a pearl, ready to be plucked and admired.

The divers that discovered this incredible prize had been working for the Ruffo family, who originally elected to name the special pearl “Carmenaida” after Carmen and Adelaida Ruffo Santa Cruz. They decided to showcase this remarkable jewel at one of their flagship stores, allowing locals, visitors, and collectors to come and admire it. Over time, the pearl came to be known as the “Great Lemon”, a name borne out of admiration for its large size and ethereal shimmering, unlike any other mother-of-pearl before seen in Baja. But this wonder of nature would not stay in La Paz. Antonio Ruffo Santa Cruz had been a regular visitor to San Francisco, and on one such trip to the California coast, he encountered Sir Anthony Fein. An ambassador from the United Kingdom, Sir Fein was impressed by the mystique of this rare pearl and attempted to purchase it

Her majesty’s visit only lasted about five hours, but it made a lasting impression. That day, the queen was shown love and admiration by the people of La Paz, a sentiment she returned to them in kind. It was a momentous occasion, one that helped strengthen the bond between the queen and the city that had helped decorate her crown with “The Great Lemon".

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Imagine floating in a turquoise bay with coral colored sand, snorkeling along side colorful fish or walking for hundreds of yards in waist-high water. Every beach in Southern Baja offers something unique. Here is a list of the must sea beaches to help you decide which is the one for you, or just visit them all!

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PLAYA DEL AMOR AN UNFORGETTABLE UNIQUE LOCATION

Known to visitors as Lover's Beach, this beautiful staple of Cabo San Lucas is only reachable by boat, kayak or any other water vessel. The easiest way to get there is to take a water taxi from the Cabo San Lucas Marina or from Medano Beach. The trip to Lover's Beach usually includes a cruise by the famous arch rock formation and then you’re dropped-off at the beach. Your same panga captain will pick you up once you're done exploring. This is a perfect place to sit back and observe the dramatic Land's End rock formations, including the pointy Neptune's Finger, which is an excellent dive spot. You can walk to the other side of the rocks and you’ll find yourself looking at the Pacific Ocean; this beach is called Divorce Beach and it’s very dangerous for swimming, so swim on Lover’s Beach side only. It is exhilarating to know that you are on the very tip of the Baja California peninsula, where on your right side you have the Sea of Cortez and on the left is the Pacific Ocean, both meeting right before your own eyes. Location: Land’s End beside the famous Cabo San Lucas arch. Tips: You won’t find any services. If you walk along the Marina or Medano Beach it is almost a guarantee that you’ll be offered a water taxi trip to the arch and Lover’s Beach. Bring snorkel gear! 24


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PLAYA EL MÉDANO

ULTIMATE FUN IN THE SUN If you're looking for the action, this is where it is. Medano Beach is a 2-mile stretch of hotels, restaurants and beach clubs, right on the sand. Whether you're with your family, on a romantic getaway or on a bachelorette trip, there is a place for every taste. Medano is a swimmable and familyfriendly beach with endless options for souvenir shopping. Numerous activities and water sports are available, such as jet skis, parasailing, flyboarding, stand-up paddling, and more. If you want to take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach and the famous Cabo arch, make a day out of it: head to Medano, have some breakfast or lunch and head out on an adventure to Lover's Beach. The stunning view of Land’s End and the vast entertainment options make this beach a must-see. Médano means “sand dune.” Location: In the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas. The beach is accessible by foot through the east side of the marina or via Avenida del Pescador. Tips: Be prepared to be approached by a lot of souvenir vendors. If you’re not there for the shopping, just respond with “No gracias.” Visit Lover’s Beach while you’re there. 26


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PLAYA EL CHILENO

SNORKELING AT ITS BEST Chileno Beach is a very popular location for locals to spend their weekends–and weekdays too...ah, the Cabo life. This is a great beach for swimming due to its calm waters, and its beautiful reefs offer excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. Walk to the left end of the beach and you'll find tide pools and some less crowded areas, as well as the impressive Chileno Bay Beach Club which is only accessible to members. Newly built public restrooms and showers are available, as well as a handicap ramp that takes you right to the beach. Location: Follow the signs for PLAYA EL CHILENO near Km. 14 of HWY 1. Tips: Snorkeling visibility is often better in the early mornings and you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours. Bring snorkeling gear and shade! 28

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PLAYA Santa Maria

AN IDYLLIC COVE

Santa Maria Beach is a stunning horseshoe cove with unique coarse coral colored sand and abundant marine life. Boat excursions and private charters often stop here to enjoy the snorkeling and scuba diving that this National Marine Preserve offers, so if you're panning on snorkeling we recommend that you arrive early to beat the tour boats. At the right end of the beach you will find the private Maravilla Beach Club, which is only accessible to members. There are no gear rentals or refreshments for sale, however, the beach does have brand new restrooms, showers and changing rooms. Palapas are available for some much needed shade, so arrive early in order to get one before they are all taken. Location: Follow the signs which read PLAYA SANTA MARIA and exit at Km. 13 of HWY 1. Follow the dirt road until you reach the parking area. Tips: Swim from the shore towards the rocks on the right or left side of the beach for a great snorkeling experience. Bring snorkeling gear! 30


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PLAYA PALMILLA

SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO'S GEM Palmilla Beach is known for its family friendly calm waters and mile-long stretch of beach. Located within the resort community of Palmilla, you will find yourself surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes and the exclusive One&Only Hotel. Pangas and fishing cruisers are available for charter, but you won't find water sport rentals such as kayaks or jet skis. From the main parking area you can go left or right; the beach area on the left is roped off with buoys for safe swimming, and the area on the left is a bit more uncrowded and has tide pools and rocks that you can explore. Both sides are equally stunning and you can see beautiful and colorful fish literally right off the shore. Location: Take the PALMILLA ramp exit at km. 27 and turn into the residential community (towards the ocean). You will wind down the beautiful palm tree lined street until you arrive to the beach entrance located on the left side, in front of the Del Mar community gate. If you reach the One&Only Hotel you have gone too far. Tips: Palmilla Beach is popular among local families on the weekends, so arrive early if you want a palapa. Restrooms and showers are available. Bring snorkeling gear! 32


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PLAYA LOS CERRITOS SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Switch it up by exploring the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja California Peninsula. Cerritos Beach offers a different landscape than the Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo beaches. The climate is usually a few degrees cooler, the sand is finer and darker in color, and the ocean might remind you more of a Southern California beach. It's a popular surf spot and swimming here is safe due to the shallow water near the shore, although it is very important to watch for currents that often form. You can rent a boogie board or surf board and even take a surf lesson as there are a few surf schools on the beach. The charming Hacienda Cerritos Hotel perched on the northern point makes for a very enchanting Mexican landscape. The scenic 45 minute drive along the pristine Pacific coast is well worth the trip. Location: Head north on HWY 19 from Cabo San Lucas towards Todos Santos and exit at km. 66. Watch the markers and look for the signs. Tips: Come prepared with food, drinks and beach gear. The ocean currents are strong and the waves can be quite powerful, so swim with caution. Visit the charming town of Todos Santos before or after your Cerritos beach day. 34


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PLAYA BALANDRA

THE DEFINITION OF A BAJA PARADISE Balandra Beach is a stunning bay in La Paz (the State's Capital) that will take your breath away. The white powder-like sand and shallow water create dreamy turquoise and aqua colors that delight the eye as far as you can see. It is a kayaker's paradise; not only can you cruise to the reefs across the bay for an unforgettable snorkeling experience, but you can also explore the mangroves on the left side of the bay. The water is very shallow in most of the bay, so you can also simply walk around and explore by foot. If you follow the shore towards the north-east (left) you will find the famous “mushroom rock.” You won’t regret visiting Playa Balandra! Location: About two hours from Cabo San Lucas. We recommend entering it into your phone or car's GPS and it should guide you straight there. Tips: There are no bathroom facilities, but there are palapas for shade . There usually is a truck there where you can buy water and snacks, but it is recommended to bring your own in case they are closed. Try to shuffle your feet in the sand while in the water because many stingrays call this bay their home (lucky guys!) and the shuffling will send them away.

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to fill the position of a salsa cook, and before that was available at the Cabo Marine, and long Rodrigo was serving up amazing meals he knew it was the right place. Nevertheless, left and right. because he was new in town and to the business, he an unknown quantity. It took him a Although it wasn’t exactly what he’d expectwhile to get a footing along with some help ed out of life, Rodrigo had been fascinated from his connections, and once the property with food for quite a while. He’d always had manager finally put his faith in Rodrigo and loved “culinary travels”, exploring countries accepted his offer, La Galeria was born. across North America, South America and even Europe to learn as much as possible This year, La Galeria at the Cabo Marina about different foods and the way they were celebrates its 25th anniversary of continuous prepared. However, even as he travelled the operation, a remarkable feat in light of the world, Rodrigo missed the warm weather ups and downs of restaurants. and people of Mexico. No matter how much “Some years were very challenging. The year he travelled, his heart still belonged to the of 2001, with the fall of the Twin Towers in homeland he once knew. So it was decided NY, followed almost immediately by the that in 1996 he would finally settle down in massive hurricane, Julieta, greatly affected Cabo San Lucas. the country and it’s tourist industry. It was But it’s one thing to dream, and another to particularly disastrous for restaurants. Then make that dream reality. Once he landed in came the US financial crash of 2008 which Cabo, his first job was as a bouncer at Squid also affected Mexico, and, recently, the Row, but even as he helped corral rowdy worldwide Pandemic. But through it all, we drinkers and late-night partygoers, he kept stayed open, never lost hope, and our emlooking for a place to start his own business. ployees remained.” Soon, he learned about a vacant restaurant


Rodrigo’s main goals for his restaurants include creating jobs for the people and providing a good working environment for his employees. That’s probably why, despite overwhelming odds and numerous tough years behind her, La Galeria has always stayed open; one of the handful of restaurants in Los Cabos that have managed to do so. It’s reflected positively on the employees as well, with some longtime contributors staying for up to 20 years. “I have a good team that gives good service, great food and drinks, and I have a good attitude, so that all has helped.” That positive attitude is likely the reason Rodrigo has been able to expand into other areas, including helping drive donations to many noteworthy causes, such as the fire and police departments. His community work doesn’t end there, however. He also contributes to the coordination of many of the cultural and culinary events that have come to define the Los Cabos food scene, and is a member of the boards for Sabor A Cabo, the Beer Fest, and the Jazz Weekend. His efforts even go beyond Los Cabos, Rodrigo is also an active contributor with CANACO, the Mexican Chamber of Commerce, and CANIRAC, the National Association of Restaurants. But at the end of the day, it all comes back to his culinary work. Rodrigo’s talent in managing restaurants has resulted in some of the finest establishments in Los Cabos, with some of the most mouth-watering meals this side of the border. His restaurants include Santo Pulpo in the San Jose Hotel zone, with its lovely atmosphere, delectable menu, and distinctively artistic décor. Rock & Tequilla in downtown Cabo San Lucas, offers cus-

tomers a two-story experience, designed with house of music memorabilia and an upper-level lounge. Their menu offers tasty ribs painstakingly prepared for 7 hours as well as appetizing Mexican/American comfort food. And of course, there’s always plenty of great music. All of his restaurants feature his unique recipe for pulpo (octopus) that makes for an unforgettable dish not found anywhere else in Los Cabos. Rodrigo’s latest creation is Jessica’s Garden, aptly named after Roderigo’s own wife, the love of his life. Located in Migriño, a mere 25 minutes out of Los Cabos on the way to Todos Santos, the restaurant is an oasis full of fruit trees and lots of room for special events and weddings. There are plans for cooking classes, organic food that can be picked by guests and customers, and delicious native Mexican dishes. It’s a great location for a quick trip back to nature. Rodrigo is especially proud of his two sons. His eldest Ferran (18) is a student with plans to study at a university in Los Angeles. Rodrigo (16) is already a popular singer with a professional stage presence who sings everything from Frank Sinatra to old band style tunes. When asked about what he dreams for the future, Rodrigo said only this: “I don’t like to live in a comfort zone. The future is now.” Based on everything that’s come before, we expect that means there are still great things ahead for this creative and energetic entrepreneur. And if his past record is anything to go by, whatever comes next definitely shouldn’t be missed.

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S O E P D N A S RL O D : E Y N O M Seasoned globetrotters know how complicated it can be trying to familiarize yourself with a new currency. Be it fluctuating exchange rates, surprise fees or lacking monetary infrastructure, every currency has its own surprises, and the Mexican Peso is no different. Luckily for you, understanding how money works in Mexico isn’t the towering mystery it may seem, and there are various tips and tricks that can help you navigate the intricacies of paying your way forward through Baja.

Cash vs. Credit

First of all, it’s important to know that Baja California is no stranger to strange money. Deep roots with American tourists means that the USD is accepted across most of the peninsula, and if you’re lucky, you won’t have to worry about exchanging currency at all. That said, using “efectivo” (cash) dollars may not be the best idea. In an increasingly digital world cash is losing ground to credit, and luckily for you, that means most establishments will accept credit cards and the exchange rate with the credit card is often better than foreign cash if the merchant bills in pesos. Still, it’s important to be diligent. Always ask about the exchange rate. Check your bank fees and make sure to check every item on your statements. Credit card fraud is an international problem. On top of the dangers, there are also upfront issues. Banks tend to charge fees on international purchases, and although credit card adoption is near-universal, you’ll find exceptions in smaller less tourist-oriented stores. For places like those, and simply to minimize the risks of using your credit card in a new place, it’s best to have at least 100$ USD worth of cash on hand, just in case. Keeping at least some cash is important in case an issue pops up that you don’t expect. With that said, there are some important things to keep at the forefront when acquiring peace of mind. Recently, there has been a government crackdown meant to discover and decirculate laundered money, spurring a fresh series of regulations and restrictions. Unfortunately for those looking to pay in efectivo, that means old or damaged bills are often not accepted, and tourists may find unexpected roadblocks to exchanging money at some banks, such as being subject to limitations on how much can be exchanged at a time. You may ask yourself, is it really worth it to convert your currency? The answer is yes. You could save as much as 10-15% by making purchases in pesos, on top of being

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safer and more universal. A little hassle now will save you bigtime down the road. But how, exactly? It’s one thing to understand why you should convert currency, it’s another to understand how. So let’s break that down. Now remember, the Mexican peso can vary a lot in how it’s valued next to the US dollar, let alone other currencies. For the purposes of simplicity, we’ll be focusing on the USD. As of now, it floats at around 18-21 pesos to the dollar, but historically it’s been as strong as 12 pesos to the dollar just a few years ago. It’s unclear how the peso will fluctuate in the future, but luckily for you the conversion rate is easily posted at businesses that offer currency conversion.

Converting your Cash

Oh yeah! How exactly do you convert currency while in Mexico? The answer is simple. Savvy tourists can use currency exchange booths available locally, everywhere from the airport to downtown. These booths offer conversion from dozens of currencies globally, but be aware that their rates can vary greatly, and all of them exchange to the booth’s advantage. Advertised rates are given to buy and sell dollars: If you sell a dollar, you’ll receive a lower value in pesos, and if you but a dollar, it’ll cost more pesos than what you would have sold it for. Essentially, if you see two exchange rates on a sign, you will receive the lower one for your dollars. If you’re exchanging in a currency that isn’t USD, have no fear! Canadian dollars are also usually exchanged easily at money booths, and a few have even started exchanging Euros. It’s always good to compare exchange rates and terms. Be sure not to exchange more than $20 at the airport, if you’re not careful you could lose up to 25% of your cash on the exchange rate. Wait until town, where rates are more reasonable, and you have more options. Remember, exchange rates vary from location to location and may change hourly, so make sure to look for the best rate available between your options! Finally, be sure to remember that if you’re crossing into Mexico by car, the exchange rate may be better on the Mexican side of the border for those wanting pesos. If you’re still determined to not use credit cards or cash, it’s possible to avoid using


both, but with admittedly much more hassle. Personal checks are not honored unless drawn from a Mexican bank, and even then only at the bank that issued the check. Intercam is a newer bank that is foreign friendly, and foreign residents are finding it easier to work with them. All banks are extremely meticulous about signatures, and identification must be with a passport. On top of that, banks have become hesitant about changing foreign cash, especially for non-customers. As of now, Intercam will change up to $1500 US dollars, Canadian dollars, and Euros for a non-customer with a passport.

be sure to check your bank statement later, which may contain errors regarding the transaction. Observe safety tips as you would anywhere. Be sure to take your card and receipt out of the machine. Beware of exorbitant bank charges for foreign transactions. Check with your bank prior to starting your trip. Often you need to tell them about your travel plans before leaving the US or Canada; otherwise your card may be blocked.

So, hopefully by now you know what to use, how to get it and what potential pitfalls may still be ahead. That being said, scams and tricks are still prevalent across the board, and it’s important to know just what forms they may take.

Finally, now that you’re money savvy and ready to face the world, we highly encourage you to use your new wisdom for good.

Money, or how to keep it

Keep it Legal. Always be sure to use officially certified exchange businesses. Don’t deal with people on the street. Beware of anyone offering you much more than the official rate, and check the conversion with a calculator. There are plenty of scams used by unscrupulous individuals to cheat you out of your money. Incorrect Calculations. To help understand just how this works, here’s a personal story. Just when I thought I had seen it all, a money exchange booth I visited some years ago advertised that their exchange rate was 18.95 pesos for $1. They gave me the money along with my receipt, but thanks to how gloomy their office was, I didn’t realize they had swapped the 9 for a 7. Instead of the advertised rate, I paid at 18.75 for $1, and lost 20 pesos on every dollar because I didn’t double check everything. Counterfeit bills. Counterfeiting is a significant issue as well. When you’re exchanging money, be sure to check both sides of the bill. In many cases, you’ll find counterfeit money may be perfect looking $100 bills on one side, but obviously fake on the other. I once got scammed by 2 foreign women at a food bar who wanted change for their “$100 bill “. The other side was just blank! Crass at the Gas. Gas station attendants are notorious for giving incorrect change. Make sure the gas pump starts at 0.00 and count your change. If correct, give a 1020 peso tip (propina). Folding. Just like anywhere else, a common scam is doubling over bills and counting them twice. Always count each bill separately, not from one side of the bundle. Pay attention to the counting and hold the money after it is counted to be sure there was no trickery afoot. ATM Trickery. In a pinch, ATM’s are available in the big cities like Loreto, La Paz, San Jose or Los Cabos. While useful, it’s important to stay on your guard using automated machines like these. Count the withdrawal to the correct amount, and

How to Tip

A “Propina,” or a tip, may be a large part of the worker’s income since the minimum salary is only about $7.00 a day, or approx.. 150 pesos a day. (A liter of milk costs about 30 pesos.) It is customary to tip everyone who gives you extra service, because those tips could prove vital to the workers. Any Mexican who is helpful appreciates a small tip. Remember, 20 pesos is only about $1, but it means a lot to a local. If you’re wondering about standard tipping rates, we’ve got you covered. A 15 percent tip is welcome for food service, however, always check your bill to see if the “servicio” is included. (16% IVA is tax, not tip.) Propinas are really appreciated, especially during the holidays. If you want to do more, there are plenty of people still in need. You may find people at stop signs with collection boxes for the Red Cross, local police force or even fire departments. These donations may be a large source of operating expenses, and are greatly appreciated. For example, the Red Cross depends solely on the voluntary donations and provides lifesaving help for many victims of vehicular and road accidents. You’ll even receive a Red Cross sticker for your windshield when you donate, to help show you care for the community.

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Money is fickle, and hard. We hope that everything we’ve covered so far can help you navigate it well. The better you understand the way things work, the better your experience will be! Now get out there, and get fiscally responsible! And finally, remember to check your bill and count your change!

These are just some of the tips presented in “The Drive To Cabo; What They DON’T Tell You”, by Adrienne Kenlan, For more info, contact her at; drivetocabo@gmail.com

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EXPAT CHRONICLES BY BOBBIE CORAY

An Intrepid Woman Moves To Mexico... When I first came up with the idea, they told me :“You should settle down like a responsible old person.” They said I was too old for a new adventure, too frail to uproot my life and start something new. But I’m an intrepid 75-year-old American widow with a shock of white hair, and my mind was set. Disregarding everyone's advice, I moved to San Jose Del Cabo and bought a condo all for myself. And despite their warnings, I was delighted to learn that being old can be a benefit in Cabo. My first encounter with a local in San Jose was with Sergio, a kind-hearted man who was working the landscaping at my condo. I had been manhandling several bags of groceries and trying to get up the stairs to my little condo when Sergio caught sight of my predicament Without a moment of hesitation, he leapt up from his task to come help me, insisting on carrying my load upstairs without complaint. Once that was done, he then offered to come get my trash every week so I wouldn’t have to carry it down to the bin. He told me that his mother was old too, and that he hoped that someone would do the same for her. He was just paying forward the kindness he hoped for out of the world. I didn’t want to take advantage of that kindness, so every month I give him a little propina (tip). It’s an arrangement that works for both of us, and it seems to work for others as well. I have found that when people help me, they often mention that they hope that someone would do the same for their own mothers. Kindness like that is in no short supply down in Cabo. Sometimes I have a little difficulty maneuvering on the impossibly high curbs, but no problema. There is usually a handsome gentleman to offer me an arm! You can see the way people care for each other everywhere. Once, when I was trying to park my minivan downtown, several shopkeepers came out to help me. I’m not sure if it was because of my age or my abysmal parking skills, but after several minutes of trial and error, I finally decided to just give one of them my keys, allowing him to park the car quickly and efficiently. By then, the entire little crowd that had gathered was laughing, and so was I. Another time I was standing in line, waiting to pay my property taxes at the municipal offices in San Jose alongside about fifty other people. It was another beautiful day in Baja so I didn’t really mind the wait, but other folks seemed to have a different idea. Out of nowhere, a lovely, smiling woman who was also waiting in line with her little son found me a chair and suggested that I wait there. Then she went to the man in charge and pointed to me. A few minutes later, I was escorted to the front of the line so I could pay my tax money. Everyone in line smiled and nodded their approval. I would have waited my turn like every-

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one else, but the sheer kindness of the rest of the line was overwhelming, and I was certainly grateful to them all. Speaking of property tax, it’s so inexpensive that I feel that I should pay double! I’m sure that I use more than a few hundred pesos a year in services, but luckily for me, I didn’t even have to pay that because I had an “old person discount card” as we Gringos call it: Credencial INAPAM. (Instituto Nacional para las Personas Adultas Mayores). If you are a citizen or permanent resident with a CURP (like a Mexican Social Security number), you can get an INAPAM card. That card entitles you to pay only half of what you owe for your taxes once you reach a certain age. To get the card, you set up an appointment to make another, seperate appointment to meet at the INAPAM office. There you must produce two copies of your driver’s license, a permanent resident visa, your telephone bill or electric bill, your passport, and two small photographs taken by an approved local photographer. It’s overwhelming, I know! But once again, everyone was extremely helpful and guided me through the process even though I speak Spanish like a two-year-old. It was worth the paperwork though, because now my INAPAM card can be used not only to reduce the cost of my taxes, but also for getting prescriptions, getting discounts at certain restaurants or stores, and more! If you qualify, they make you a plastic card that you can present to Mexican businesses and government service agencies in order to claim discounts for goods and services, typically between 10% and 50% off. The discount also applies for doctors and dentists, and the card itself can serve as a piece of ID. I haven’t tested it yet, but soon I’m going to try my card at the big chain stores, but not with the local vendors who need every little profit that they can make. It really is fun being una mujer vieja (an old woman) living in Mexico. I love it.

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624.143.4351 info@caborealestate.com PLAZA PIONEROS, Edificio H Local 10,2501 Col. El Medano, C.P. 23453 Cabo San Lucas BCS

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PRIVATE & EXCLUSIVE BEACHFRONT OWNERSHIP LOCATION Where Cabo´s famous Landmark “El Arco at Land´s End”, unite the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortes you will find Villa La Estancia, a pristine beachfront property within close walking distance to Cabos beach activities, Marina, downtown shopping, culinary options, as well as the popular Cabo Wabo cantina and other night life entertainment. Villa La Estancia is close to all that Cabo offers, yet a quiet distance away for exclusivity, privacy and comfort. SERVICE & AMENITIES Created to offer a private residence with full luxury Resort amenities, giving you the pride of Real Estate ownership along with complete specialized and upscale services. INVESTMENT Of course worth mentioning is the exceptional rental programs offered to Owners who enjoy their property for personal enjoyment as well as investment profits.

Located on Medano Beach at Land´s End. Between Villa del Palmar and Villa del Arco Resorts. Villa del Palmar and Villa del Arco Guests Dial Ext 616

For showing please contact us: Toll Free US/CAN 1 877 499 1901 MX (624) 143 81 21 FAX (624) 143 86 31 own@villalaestancia.com

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